Oak Bay, a suburb of Victoria, British Columbia … a fabulous place to live and visit. When I say live I mean it’s a community where you have surf, sand, arts, history, and can enjoy an active lifestyle or a leisurely one. Downtown Victoria is just 10 minutes away where you’ll find all the pleasures of a British city as well as a harbor town. Shopping, restaurants, gardens, and more. And getting here is simple… helicopter, ferry, float plane, boat.
The first mention should be for the Oak Bay Community Arts Society. The Studio Tour happens twice a year, in April and November. The artist’s showcase their craft in their home – it is a self-guided tour. You’ll find photography, paintings, abstract and architectural designs, hand-dyed fabrics, and calligraphy just to name a few. A pamphlet can be found at http://www.oakbayartists.com The other annual event is the Bowker Creek Brush-Up Art Show & Sale in August.
Cycle, run, walk, kayak the beautiful coastlines and parks that surround the neighborhoods here. Wildlife and nature abound as well as the incredible views you’ll experience. I can recommend Willows Beach (fun to see the variety of dogs from October 1 to April 30) and Cattle Point. A popular tree in the area is the Garry Oak. The history of Oak Bay has a colorful mix of Edwardian architecture and a glimpse of the Songhees First Nation. https://www.oakbay.ca/explore-oak-bay/outdoor-activities/public-beaches
And for a taste, stop in at The Snug Pub at the luxurious Oak Bay Beach Hotel. Enjoy fish & chips and other fine cuisine. The Snug Pub is Victoria’s first neighborhood pub dating back to 1954. http://oakbaybeachhotel.com/dining/snug-pub/